Gerle Creek and South Fork Group National Forest Campgrounds Reopen
, June 28, 2012Eldorado National Forest is preparing for one of the biggest recreation holidays of the year. All recreation facilities in the forest are open; including the newly renovated Gerle Creek and South Fork Group Campgrounds. The much-needed Gerle Creek campground renovation was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. The South Fork Group Campground project was selected by the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee from over a hundred projects and funded with Title 2 Secure Rural Schools Act dollars and accomplished with the help of many volunteers.
"Although the upcoming holiday is typically celebrated with fireworks, visitors need to know that all types of fireworks are illegal in the National Forest.", said Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy. "It is important that we all take responsibility to keep wildfire out of the forest."
Wood, charcoal, and propane fires are allowed in the Eldorado National Forest with a 2012 California Campfire permit at this time. These permits are free and can be obtained at any U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), or Bureau of Land Management office. Visitors must completely extinguish their campfire if they are not in camp. They can also help by educating others about fire danger and reporting abandoned or illegal fires to 911 or to the nearest Ranger Station.
Motor vehicle use on the Eldorado National Forest is allowed only on the designated routes displayed on the free Motor Vehicle Use Map that is available at all Eldorado National Forest offices. Visitors planning to camp outside of developed campgrounds must park their vehicle on or within one vehicle length of a system route. Check before your trip to determine that the route you plan to take is open. The U.S. District Court has directed the Forest Service to temporarily close forty-two routes until a supplemental environmental impact analysis is completed for route segments that cross meadows. These routes are displayed on the forest website and signed on the ground.
More information on recreation opportunities, route closures, and fire restrictions is available on the Eldorado National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.